The Dutch solar market saw good growth, approximately doubling from about 100,000 solar roofs to about 200,000 solar roofs. In 2014, the aim is to reach about 300,000.
To be exact, 101,326 new installations were registered in 2013, mostly on private homes. That compares well to 140,000 installations in the US in 2013. The US, of course, has a much larger population — approximately 19 times larger.
The 101,326 new Dutch solar installations come to approximately 300 megawatts (MW) of power capacity. They increased the Netherlands’ solar power capacity from 365 MW to 665 MW.
“In the Netherlands it is currently more profitable to invest on your roof than to put it in a bank account,” says Edwin Koot, CEO of Solarplaza. That’s the same story for millions of people in the US.
Of course, all of this growth creates jobs. “The Netherlands now has more than 1,100 suppliers of solar systems, some 300 more than the 800 that were reported last May,” The Solar Future Netherlands writes.
The Solar Future NL is actually a solar conference that will be hosted by Solarplaza on May 27 in the Beurs van Berlage in Amsterdam. This is the 6th edition of the conference. Here are some more details on the upcoming event:
During the conference, leading scientists, entrepreneurs and experts in the field of solar energy from home and abroad, gather to present the main developments in the market and new strategic insights. Among them are household names such as international energy guru Jeremy Leggett from the United Kingdom, the president of the French Solaire Direct; Thierry Lepercq, a world leader in solar energy project development, and Professor Wim Sinke; Holland’s most experienced and greatest solar energy expert.